Winners of the Macro/Closeup Photo Contest Announced

Thank you to all the members who submitted entries for this photo contest. Our judge and Technical Night speaker, Mike Moats, did a quick critique on all the entries and then announced the 2nd and 1st place winners.

Note: the meeting was recorded so if you missed it is posted on our website.

Our Winners

Our 1st place winner is by Helga Jackson. She wins a lifetime membership to Mike Moats’ Macro Photo Club and a 13 X 19 print of her image from JRS Photo, Jim Sykes.

“Oil in Water II” – 1st Place Winner by Helga Jackson

2nd place went to Karen Robinson! She will receive a 13 X 19 print of her image from JRS Photo, Jim Sykes.

“In the Fronds” – 2nd Place Winner by Karen Robinson

Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you

Thank you to all the members who participated.

A big thank you to Mike Moats for taking the time to judge the entries and to make some minor suggestions and changes to a few of the entries to illustrate what he thought would have been made them stronger images. Also, thank you to Mike for giving us the lifetime membership to his Macro Photo Club to give as a prize. Please take a look at Mike’s website and I encourage you to join his club and attend his educational offerings.

Thank you to Jim Sykes for providing the prints as prizes. Please contact Jim at JRS Photos for all your paper printing needs.

Let me know if you would like to have more contests like this that are outside our normal club competition/critique set up.

Stay well and see you at the next meeting, Friday, June 19, 2020 for our regular competition/critique night.

Lynn Wiezycki

May Technical Night -Macro/Close Up Photo Contest and Celebrity Judge – TBCC Members Only

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During our forced stay at home time, macro and close up photography has become a way to keep from being totally bored and keeping our photography skills honed!   So with that in mind, we are opening up a special Macro/Closeup Photo Contest for our 2020 paid TBCC members.

Renown macro/closeup photographer, Mike Moats, has agreed to be our celebrity judge and he will be awarding a lifetime membership to his Macro Photo Club to the winning entry.  This is a $99 value.

Mike will join our May 22, 2020 Technical Night meeting via Zoom and talk about some of the entries (based on the number of entries), announce the winners and give us an overview of what he has to offer in regard to the Macro Photo Club and his other educational offerings.

Mike’s Bio:

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals.

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Shutterbug, PC Photo, Nature Photographer, Photo Life, Whisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

Examples of Mike’s work:

Contest Details:

We will accept only 2 entries of a macro/closeup image from each paid member (if you have not paid your 2020 membership dues please pay here , Paypal).

We will only be accepting entries via email, lynnwiezycki@gmail.com, from April 15th up to midnight May 15th, 2020.

Please follow the instructions below for configuring your JPEG image in Lightroom as I will be sending the images up to Mike to judge.

Cost:

Free to paid 2020 TBCC members.

Awards:

1st Place – Lifetime Membership – Mike Moats Macro Photo Club and a 13 X 19 print of your image printed by JRS Photos (Jim Sykes)

2nd Place – 13 X 19 print of your image printed by JRS Photos (Jim Sykes)

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email Lynn at lynnwiezycki@gmail.com.

Technical Night Meeting:

Jim will send out a Zoom invitation just prior to the May 22nd Technical Night meeting to all members.

We are looking forward to hearing from Mike and seeing everyone’s macro/closeup images!

Stay well!

Lynn Wiezycki

Vice President TBCC

Holiday Party Updates and More

Here is some more information regarding the holiday party happening this Thursday evening:
Nobody needs to bring ice, plates, cups, utensils, or soft drinks. The club is providing these items.
You can see what is being brought here and you can add your items to the list here.
There is a stove and microwave available at the location.
Bring a print to hang!
No firearms are allowed on the premises.
2012 competition awards will be presented at the party.
Party time is 7:00 PM. Here is a map:

2013 Competition Assignments

This list will be posted soon on the competition info page with additional details and explanations but for now here is the basic information so that you can get started. For our next competition meeting in January assigned images will be photographed using any single light source other than sunlight. To be clear, this excludes multiple lights and/or sunlight. This is an opportunity for you to experiment with controlling the variables of light: intensity, duration, quality, direction, and color.

  • January – single light source (not the sun)
  • February – construct a still-life with found objects
  • March – self portrait
  • April – bugs (insects, spiders, centipedes, etc)
  • May – food and drink
  • June – emulate the masters
  • July – implied motion (not frozen action)
  • August – sports: the moment of impact
  • September – storyboard
  • October – landscape
  • November – portrait of a stranger (non-studio)
  • December – no competition

Beginning in January we will be implementing our new policy of requiring AA ranked members to act as the third judge during competitions. We feel this is an educational experience for those who judge and will provide a fresh perspective each month. Don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to contradict Robert or Jim – we want to hear your thoughts!

We will work our way down the AA rankings each month to pick the 3rd judge. If it’s someone’s turn and they are absent we will move down the list and the absent party will take their turn the following month if present.

Final rankings for 2012 will be posted after the awards are presented at the holiday party this week.

Live Broadcasts of Meetings

Beginning with this Friday’s meeting (08/17) our meetings will be broadcast live right here on our website. This will be an option for members who can’t attend but are able to watch from home. If you can’t watch live you can play it back later at your convenience. Once the meeting begins an embedded video feed will appear right here on the home page. The video will also be recorded and will be re-playable at any time.

Please wait until 7:00 pm to access the homepage because the video won’t appear if you log on early and wait for it. If you have already accessed the homepage prior to 7:00 pm then make sure to close your web browser and then re-open it at 7:00 pm. Depending on your web browser’s settings it’s still possible that you might not see the video when you access the homepage after 7:00 pm. If it is past 7:00 pm and you do not see a video feed on the homepage then your browser may be set to load a stale or cached version of the page. In that case use your browsers refresh option. (Usually the F5 key or the circular arrows icon). If the refresh option doesn’t work you may also need to clear your browser’s cache and then re-access the homepage. Refer to your browser’s help file or Google how to the clear the cache in your browser.

If you have technical difficulties viewing on our own website you can watch the video stream/replay on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/tampabaycc

Robert and I have already made a couple of test broadcasts to work out the technical aspects and everything is set to go. The test broadcasts have been deleted and can’t be viewed but the broadcasts of the meetings will remain online for later viewing.

In other news, the July competition scores have been posted and are available for viewing. This Friday’s competition subject is photojournalism – using a photograph to tell a story.

Congratulations

Now that we are 4 months into our competition season a few of our members have now met the minimum participation requirement and also have a high enough score to advance their ranking. Congratulations to Mike Hayes, Amanda Husak, and Don Pullum for advancing to AA ranking! Remember to check our Competition Results page for the latest standings.

We have now implemented the ability to pay your annual dues online. If you look at the TBCC home page in the upper right you will see the link that will allow online payments to made. Payment may be made with credit cards, debit cards, or with a PayPal account. PayPal will service the transaction via whichever method you choose.

Club News

There are a few updates on the Competition Rules page, most important is a clarification of the Modified Category for entries. We are also investigating the implementation of a few technical upgrades for the benefit of members such as adding the ability to pay dues on-line and live streaming of meetings on-line for the benefit of members who may be unable to attend in person on occasion. We will let you know as soon as they are implemented.

Reminder: Competition has been moved to next week to accommodate our guest speaker, Andy from Unknown Photographer, this week.

FYI, Robert and Jim are leading a night photography workshop this month as part of their regular SDL Photo Workshops series. Check out the SDL website for details and registration.

Saturday video series and other info

Happy New Year to everyone! Here is a rundown of some of what’s happening in our club right now:

Please join us on Saturday morning at 10:00 am for the next video presentation. This time the topic will be intimate landscape photography with photographer Bill Fortney.

The assigned category for the January photo competition is Travel. Remember the cutoff time for entries on the meeting night is 6:45 pm and that you must have your dues paid to be eligible. If you wish to pay your dues at the meeting please fill out this form and bring it with you. Your current ranking, based on the final scores from 2011, can be viewed on the new score sheet.

The next SDL workshop that Robert and Jim are doing will be at tRG studio on Saturday the 21st. The topic is food photography. If you are interested please go to the SDL website to find out more information and register.

P.S. Thanks to everyone for making the holiday party a success. The food and the company were terrific. Here are a few snapshots from the event: